Modern & Contemporary British Art | 26 November 2014
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942) - Vineyards, 1941
Sold for £36000
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942)
oil on hessian, signed at lower right, signed and titled on an adhesive label to the stretcher
20 x 28 in., 50.8 x 71.2 cm
Cecil Gray, London (purchased before 1948).
Thence by descent to the present owner.
Dr. Wendy Baron, Sickert: Paintings and Drawings , Yale University Press, London and New Haven, 2006 [p.561, cat.no.781.1] .
The current work is a view of Roman Road in Bath taken from just outside Bladud Buildings (where Sickert had a studio in 1917), with the crescent of The Paragon on the right and Vineyards on the left (roads in Bath are divided into named terraces). Sickert painted two versions of this topographical view, the other version has a car in the middle distance but omits the figure. Both were almost certainly painted from squared-up photographs taken by Therese Lessore (who became Sickert's third wife in 1926 ). As the artist was by now an elderly man, Lessore is also known to have assisted him in the execution of these late works. The artist died in Bath in the subsequent year, this work is therefore one of his very last paintings in what was an extraordinary career as a painter, one that continues to influence some of the most celebrated artists of today.
The original owner of the work was Cecil Gray, a well-known and highly renowned music critic and composer of the late Edwardian period. He resided in Fitzrovia during the 1930s where he would have certainly met Sickert and other important artists and writers of the time.
We are grateful to Dr. Wendy Baron for her assistance in the cataloguing of this lot.
The work is executed on thick hessian fabric which allows the weave to be visible in parts of the painted surface. The work is stretched onto the original stretcher with the original nails still in place. There is no sagging or need to restretch the work. The picture is framed and glazed with the original frame from the 1940s when it was acquired from the artist by the grandfather of the current owner. It has been in a museum storage for the past three decades and it is they who have added four pieces of ply wood to the reverse of the frame and new metal brackets to hold the stretcher in position within the frame's bevel.
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